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Democrats Attacking Nominee’s Faith – Big Error

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020
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democratsDemocrats are about to make a seismic political error.  They are about to attack President Trump’s highly qualified, female, conservative pick for the Supreme Court – for her faith.  In the process, they will be attacking America.  The outcry will be enormous.

The nominee is Judge Amy Coney Barret, a seasoned jurist, incisive federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit.  Graduating from a Catholic high school, she was Phi Beta Kappa in college, 1st in her law school class at Notre Dame.  She clerked for Justice Scalia on the US Supreme Court.

She is a real constitutional lawyer – having litigated, taught, published on constitutional issues for Columbia, Cornell, Virginia, Notre Dame, and Texas law schools.  She was “Distinguished Professor of the Year” at Notre Dame – three times.

On the bench, she has been a strict constructionist, following where the law led, not making it up. She defended constitutional rights of males against discrimination by a college; strictly interpreted judicial processes to disfavor unsubstantiated race discrimination; took issue with judicial activism, dissenting from a ruling that stripped Executive authority over immigration; defended Second Amendment rights and supported 4th Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure, disfavoring police overreach.

In short, this nominee is high integrity.  She is an originalist, or strict constructionist.  These ideas describe how one reads the Constitution.  She reads it as if – get this! – words mattered, as if our Founders intended what they said, as if the Constitution’s text describes unchanging rights.

She seems to think – like Scalia, Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and most justices historically – that the Constitution’s text is not flimsy, fungible, willy-nilly phrases to be reshaped by judges.  She thinks the job is to apply laws – as written – to facts of a case, not to get creative.

Of course, the elephant in the room – reason Democrats are livid – is that such a reading does not align with Roe v. Wade, a 7-2 ruling that mysteriously “discovered” a “penumbra of privacy” hidden in the Constitution, mandating a constitutional right to abortion.

Justice Blackmun, who wrote that decision – reversed most state laws.  He strained to explain where this “right” came from: “Whether it be founded in the 14th Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restriction upon state action, as we feel it is, or as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, it is broad enough to encompass” abortion.

The decision is ironic and unstable.  Look at Blackmun’s reasoning.  Because he broke faith with the Founder’s intent behind the Ninth Amendment, which protects states against federal overreach, he lofts the 14th Amendment to invent an abortion right.  It is a juke, and he knows it – which is why he abandons reason, saying “we feel it is” there somewhere.

All this is subtext – reason behind the reason – for Democrats attacking President Trump’s pick.  Judge Barret is a nightmare for them.  She is a thoughtful, sensitive, smart, well-reasoned, well-educated, female, strict constructionist, mother of seven children, two of whom are adopted from Haiti, one with Down Syndrome.  And, Heaven forbid, she is a woman of faith.

They have here an American idealist, true to the Founders, who loves her family, country, Constitution, and faith.  She knows that life is hard, exceptionalism no accident – on national or personal levels.  She demonstrates we get strong by striving, which imposes a need to protect the weak. They can smell the end of Roe v. Wade.

That is why – with nothing else – they attack her faith.  Already, Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein, in earlier confirmation hearings, attacked Barret’s faith, insinuating her legal acumen was compromised.  Dripping with condescension, Feinstein said: “The dogma lives loudly within you.”  Democrats piled on.

Here is the rub – three reasons Democrats will “feel” the ground shake beneath them.  Democrats who attack Republicans on faith – or vice versa – are fundamentally outside mainstream America.  We are not a nation that tolerates damning neighbors for their faith, to whom they give thanks for blessings. America is defined by that freedom.  To negate it is to step on a land mine.

Second, attacking Barret on her faith is constitutionally offensive.  Article 6, Clause 3 of the Constitution reads: “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”  Note:  Ever.  Could the obligation be any more clear?

Our nation was founded by those persecuted for their faith; Jefferson defended religions not his.  In America, attacking an appointee for her faith is fundamentally obnoxious, ignoble, and unacceptable.

Third, irony runs deep.  How soon Democrats forget.  John F. Kennedy, first Catholic elected president, had to fight bitterly against anti-Catholic prejudice.  Now, they skewer a nominee for being Catholic.

Moreover, Democrat Joe Biden calls himself Catholic, 21 percent of America calls itself Catholic, and half of Catholic voters – until now – were Democrat.  What happens when Catholics are made to feel more uncomfortable in a party bowing to atheistic socialists?

What happens when Democrat Senators argue those of faith cannot reason, are possessed of “dogma?”  To be clear, “dogma” means “truth,” the notion that – beyond politics – there is a genuine right and wrong in life and law.  Is that now to be thrown over, in favor of a new anti-faith Democrat party?

Or this irony:  Devoutly Jewish, Justice Ginsburg, whose seat is being filled, got suggested to the High Court by Mormon Senator Orrin Hatch, ranking on Judiciary.  No Republican questioned her faith.  She was confirmed 96-3.

Finally, Democrats attack America when they attack faith.  Beyond history, constitutional direction, and ironies, the big blowback will be from Americans of faith.  As Democrats defend socialism, ignore church burning, and impose religious tests, they forget America is religious.

We are a people of faith.  In 2016, 73 percent of Americans were Christian – including Protestants, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Mormons.  To this, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and other faiths.  We are a nation of believers, a true global beacon.

Here is the point.  Beware the buzz saw, tectonic plate shift when you attack someone’s faith.  You can tell people you do not like their politics or jurisprudence, height, weight, handshake, or hairstyle, but beware:  When you hold hearings and condemn faith, every American sees themselves in that nominee – and they should.  Democrats are about to make a seismic political error.  The outcry will be enormous.

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PaulE
PaulE
3 years ago

I stringly urge EVERYONE look at the latest Project Veritas video on mail-in voter fraud. It should both alarm and terrify you as to how open it is in Omar’s state. I tried posting the link for you, but AMAC quickly flagged it as “awaiting for approval”. Which means it will either take weeks to ever pop-up here or never been allowed at all.

PaulE
PaulE
3 years ago

Good article RBC, however I listened to Senator Lindsey Graham lay out the timeline for Judge Barrett’s appearance and time before his committee. He is clearly slow-walking the process and made no commitment to Maria to stop the hearings from devolving into a repeat of the Kavanaugh hearings. As Chairman of the Senate Judicial Committee, he has the power to both set the pace and stop the kind of antics the Democrats used on Kavanaugh from being repeated with Barrett. There is no constitutional reason why this process has to be slow-walked or run like a circus side-show. She passed this whole vetting process and FBI background check less than 3 years ago for her current position. There is NO REASON any of it has to be repeated simply to afford the Democrats, who will ALL vote against her no matter how qualified she is, a platform to personally attack her in the manner Kavanaugh was.

All the Senate is required to do is requitred to do is advice and consent. For those that don’t know what that means, that means the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a straight up or down vote. Senator Grajam is talking about taking a vote on Octover 22nd. Give me a break! Given the fact that Republicans hold the majority, that should literally be a one day process. Any Republican on the committee that votes no is obviously ending their Senate career.

The nominee then goes before the full Senate for a vote. That again is a one day process. Again, any Senator beyond the two RINO’s who have already shown their voter base that they need to be replaced by constitutionally conservative Republicans, will also be effectively ending their Senate careers.

In all honesty, there is nothing preventing Graham from starting his dog and pony hearings Wednesday or Thursday or this week. He can wrap them up in all seriousness next Tuesday, if he wants to afford some “deliberation time” before his committee votes. Then McConnell could hold the full Senate vote the next day or the day after. Judge Barrett could be seated on the SC by next Friday. Congressional Republicans need to get their act together and atop bending over backwards to the Democrats. If the roles were reversed and it was a Democrat President picking a nominee to a Senate controlled by Democrats, you can bet your last dollar that they would be moving at warp speed to ensure their choice was in place on the SC well ahead of the election.

That’s my rant of the day.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

Return favor on Dems ask them about thier” faith”, make= End the BS Games
Play Hard or Dont play
Esp for this confirmation unless Dems boycott.
Care for a Kavanaugh rerun X10 worse?

Terry Dees
Terry Dees
3 years ago

As I recall biden is Catholic too.

Wayne Peterkin
Wayne Peterkin
3 years ago

It is both amazing and more than a little disturbing that the Democrats oppose anyone with a moral and ethical compass that actually understands, I think, a judge’s real responsibility. That responsibility is NOT to determine or mete out “justice” which should be within the law itself. A judge is meant to simply interpret the law as written and intended leaving the question of “justice” to the legislature who is responsible for creating or changing the law. Otherwise, the court improperly assumes the responsibility of the legislature thereby exceeding the court’s authority under our Constitution.

Nancy Evans
Nancy Evans
3 years ago

Time for big time prayer!

Michael l Javick
Michael l Javick
3 years ago

Nov 3 will bring a huge tidal wave of support for OUR great President. Trump: 348-190 AND HOR control +5-8. Senate +1

Paul W
Paul W
3 years ago

” They can smell the end of Roe v. Wade.” That, in my opinion, is the crux of their opposition to Judge Barrett. When SCOTUS ruled in favor of the murder of unborn human beings for convenience, it was a huge victory for the left. When you can legitimize something that abominable, you can ultimately legitimize virtually anything. It tears away at the fabric that is the respect for life. It was a method of desensitizing people to the value of human life. Judge Barrett’s confirmation may indeed lead to the overturning of the heinous Roe v Wade decision. That would send leftist into convulsions.

Janet
Janet
3 years ago

I think it is a good thing that they cannot accuse her of racism due to her and her husband’s adoption of two children from Haiti. Her religion will definitely be their focus. Unfortunately Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi et al. are poor examples of Catholicism and they are merely self-described “faithful” Catholics whereas Amy Coney Barrett is an actual faithful Catholic.

Beholden
Beholden
3 years ago

The Faith issue may be pushed to the back burner. Glenn Beck just reported that a credible complaint about Judge Barrett has been brought forward by a ‘friend’ from her youth. At age 9, Amy Coney borrowed a VHS tape of “Herbie Goes Bananas” and didn’t return it for about 6 months. When she did, it was not rewound! The FBI has been looking into the matter and apparently they’ve found confirmation among other friends that the tape indeed wasn’t rewound. They’re trying to determine now whether the slogan “Be Kind; Rewind” had become a mandate of our culture. Allegations of this sort could really turn up the heat on this process and make the Senate confirmation hearings contentious, to say the least.

Steven J. Alban
Steven J. Alban
3 years ago

You are spot on…. except for one small point…. in my humble opinion, the Dems do not believe, as you write, that they are in the minority. When they look at their worldview they believe themselves in the majority. Their world has always had leaders and a huge obedient group of never questioning followers. The media drives their followers and the student population urge the masses to follow wherever the leaders may go. While we know that the world has changed, and that you are right, their leaders have not discovered the new world of reality. Because of this error in vision, the Senators shall plow forward as always. Fearless in their attacks the pushback will never be expected. Reality will hit them and leave them more confused than ever. Anger will drive them to attack again even harder. They will be certain that they can prevail even as their army of followers whither away….. just my opinion…. great article…..

Josephine pooley
Josephine pooley
3 years ago

The Constitution, in article 6 clause 3 PROHIBITS religious test ! These Senators need to be schooled in constititional law!

Todd
Todd
3 years ago

I agree with PaulE this needs to be front and center. Vote RED(Remove-Every-Democrat)

ChrisC
ChrisC
3 years ago

I am of a like mind with PaulE below.
Senator Graham, move this thing through rapidly. Most thinking Americans already know how the Dems will rant and rave and moralize and criticize. “Get the show on the Road!” Fill the seat! Now!

Lynn Miller
Lynn Miller
3 years ago

Socialists insurrectionists now active who are Socialist in name only, whose intent and purpose is tyranny and Communism, are hostile to any alternative authority than that of the tyranny. Socialist Communists in order to achieve power, require destroying #1 the nuclear family, a husband, a wife, and their children, #2, those of devout faith in an Omnipotent, Omniscient God such as the Triune God of the Evangelical Charismatic Christian faith, and #3, any dissenting voice or movement whether scientific, societal, or cultural. Socialist Communism creates the Socialist Communist God, the Tyrant leader(s), their authority, and their dictates and strictures, and those alone.

Richard P Wildhirt
Richard P Wildhirt
3 years ago

Careful, Robert. Mormons are NOT Christian. Mormonism is a cult.

Lee
Lee
3 years ago

I guess they have forgotten that one of our most famous Presidents and his wife were Catholic. I think every other picture of Jacquie she was in a mantilla coming out of church. Very devout & very loved! It just shows the derangement & jealousy of the left against the choice of the people. We are really tired of it all. This is a Constitutional judge who loves America & Americans, she’s already been through the senate ordeal – we WANT her confirmed! Dems need to grow up & get over it already. God help us!

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

Let’s all recall that abortions were legalized not because anybody thought they were a good thing, but because women were having them illegally anyway and many were killed or injured during this process. I doubt that there has been a huge increase in the number of abortions since they were legalized. Yes, there should be restrictions on when they are performed during gestation, but it would be wrong to criminalize all abortions again. An abortion is a traumatic experience for any woman who ever had one. The fact that women had them illegally until Roe V Wade shows how desperate they were to have one. Sadly, I am old enough to remember the “rusty spoon” and “coat hanger” “jokes” prior to 1973

Personally, I think that it is a terrible decision to make but I do think that it is basically a medical decision (at least during the first trimester) between a woman and her doctor and the government shouldn’t be making those kind of decisions for us. Nor, as the past has proven, can they.

I am all for confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barret to the Supreme Court and I will be voting for President Trump.

William Penn said “If you protect a man from folly, you will soon have a nation of fools.” We’re getting there!

Patty RN
Patty RN
3 years ago

This should be a slam dunk based on credentials alone. She is an outstanding jurist, first in everything she has done as a judge, wife and mother. As a Supreme Court Justice she will rule based on the law not on political leanings. Say what you will about Ruth Bader Ginsburg she was clearly a woman who hated deeply and passionately. Look at her face, the lines of rigidity and downright meanness, the severe hairstyle and a face that even when smiling appeared not to be doing so. It is my fervent prayer that Amy Coney Barrett become the 9th. justice quickly and without reservation.

The OLD Warhorse
The OLD Warhorse
3 years ago

Folks, the Dems can’t help it. It is who they are, it is what they are. They’ve successfully hidden it from most of the people for over a hundred years as the “Progressives” have slowly taken over the once pro-American Democrat Party to become the pack of anti-American Socialists they are today. Senator Graham is simply giving them enough time to throw out their bag of excrement and then jump in it. They cant help it. It is who they are. It is what they are. It’s time America see it out in the open.

Matthew Gabor
Matthew Gabor
3 years ago

I love the post about the VHS tape! It will be interesting to see what nonsense the Demonrats will come up with to discredit this wonderful judge! I see The Left is concerned about Roe v Wade being overturned. They changed the word abortion to ” Womens Reproductive Rights” because it sounds more appealing to their cause! Over the weekend it was wonderful to watch The Washington Prayer March instead of seeing protesters! I also watched The Trump Card movie. Once again Dinesh D’Souza deserves a medal! I am looking forward to the debate tomorrow and watch President Trump expose “Alzheimers Joe” for what he really is!

Bob Bailey
Bob Bailey
3 years ago

Let’s not forget that Nancy Pelosi touts her own Catholicism as well.

Thomas SWAN
Thomas SWAN
3 years ago

As for the Democrats (the party of slavery), this outcome couldn’t be visited on a more deserving bunch!!

Art A
Art A
3 years ago

Great show Mr. Charles! I agree with you bJoe Biden Catholic? He allegedly is a Knight of Malta. Do you think that these savages are going to attack again?
Now for Senator Flimsy Graham slow walking this process as he is facing major opposition to his reelection. He now appears to be “busy” to look like he actually is working for a living. My gosh he now allegedly has “interviews” with Komey and McCabe on his calendar. Add in this Supreme Court project and WOW he is firing on all cylinders!
Roe vs Wade will sooner or later be modified not eliminated. Let us move forward to a conclusion not tainted with venom and political disparity. YEAH SURE! I have to go as this will be probably be set “for Approval” as several of my posts have been lately. MAGA/KAG/KAF 2020

Mimi
Mimi
3 years ago

The only thing the democrats have faith in is the government, and how much power and cold hard cash they can squeeze out of it.

GKP
GKP
3 years ago

Why would any Catholic vote for Biden who in disguise goes to Church when the cameras are there//Why would anyone attack Amy Barrett because of her religion except the liberal senators whose states are being looted and riots exist //complete garbage// Hope to see another fiasco in the sUPREME COURT hearing and then THE TRUMPSTER will win in a landslide and Amy Barrett will be the next SUPREME COURT judge//

James
James
3 years ago

I wish Lindsey would stop this side show. Opening the door to democrats with this conformation hearing is a stall tactic. A stall tactic without a purpose. Unless the purpose is to torpedo the nomination of Barrett. If Lindsey screws republicans out of this, he better be looking for another job!

Robert Hellam
Robert Hellam
3 years ago

Mormons are not Christians.

Ruth Spiering
Ruth Spiering
3 years ago

Please pray harder than you’ve ever prayed before: for safety of their persons to begin with.

HelenC
HelenC
3 years ago

When Clintons collected mega $$$ for Haiti and acted as custodian of government, ie taxpayer, billions $$$ for Haiti with little to no accounting for how $$$ were spent, no Democrat raised a whimper. Amy Coney Barrett gets crucified by Dems for adopting 2 Haitian children. Dems’ double standard!!

Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
3 years ago

“On the bench, she has been a strict constructionist, following where the law led, not making it up.”

And this, more than anything else, is why the Communists – er, I mean the Democrats – will use whatever tactics they deem necessary to keep this Judge from ever reaching the SCOTUS. Knowing full well that their efforts to turn this nation into a Leftist (Communist) dictatorship can never succeed using the Constitutional, legislative process, they know they must do their dirty work in the Courts. And they are desperate to try to replace Judge Ginsburg (who was a lifelong Communist and should never have been allowed anywhere near the SCOTUS) with another hard-core Leftist who will legislate from the bench.

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
3 years ago

A good person for the job and the left doesn’t like it. Imagine that.

carol
carol
3 years ago

I hope the leftist step all in it! And thanks to Mr. Charles for mentioning the Eastern Orthodox in his list of Christian denominations in this country. As an Eastern Orthodox, sometimes I feel we are totally ignored and it’s nice when we are included. Most Orthodox I know are conservatives committed to following Christ in their lives! I’d love to hear what Biden has to say about this pick since he’s supposed to be a Catholic and will he tell his party to stop attacking her faith? He supposed to be their leader after all running for President!

Gene
Gene
3 years ago

Would the Dens act like this if the nominee was a Muslim?

: Pat
: Pat
3 years ago

Does she have any brothers or sisters?

Gerald Quinn
Gerald Quinn
3 years ago

I know that I am just peeing in the wind when I ask: When can we expect the Catholic Church to call out the Democrat party for their stand on abortion? When will the Church support Trump?

Linda M DuBois
Linda M DuBois
3 years ago

I am a Christian and I feel they are all condemning all Christians. They should all be prosecuted and traitors to this nation.

DES
DES
3 years ago

Let’s not forget Nancy calls herself a devout Catholic LOL

LauraC
LauraC
3 years ago

It would seem that all she’d have to say is, RBG was a faithful, practicing Jew and you think she walked on water (pun intended), so what could be wrong with a faithful, practicing Catholic? Argument over. They just don’t want Trump to have another Justice choice, like children having a tantrum…best if stupid Lindsay would just have the vote and be done with it. Oh, nope, he couldn’t pass up the chance to be on TV…dopey me!

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
3 years ago

Just today Nancy Pelosi herself told them they better NOT attack her on her Catholic beliefs. Chalk one up for her on that one. She herself is a Catholic so it would be a great hypocrisy if she didn’t shut them down. Nevertheless, I’m proud of her for once.

John A. Fallon
John A. Fallon
3 years ago

I think that the thinking behind sen. Grahams strategy is to allow the socialist/dems to attack the nominee for her religion in front of the entire nation and then tear them a new “one” to let the nation know the republican party will protect ALL religious beliefs. VOTE REPUBLICAN, RED, KAG!

Garye
Garye
3 years ago

Great article.
This further proves that liberal anti-American democrats has no boundries concerning morals,ethics,justice and human decency.
Power,greed and immoral actions are the only thing they worship!
Truly disgusting,sick behavior.
America needs an OVERWHELMING landslide victory for President Trump to keep America Great!!
In God We Trust!

Denise
Denise
3 years ago

Thank you President Trump for nominating a strong woman of faith. May God bless you both!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

The Magisterium, which many including Dr. King claimed, plainly and definitively shows that anyone who believes in abortion on demand is neither a Catholic nor a Christian!! Humanism: The childish belief in God that has kept mankind from achieving its proper destiny”!! Abortion on demand is a humanist belief/tenant used to decrease “the excess population”. The Humanists from the 1400’s have “grown-up to become the Communists of today. They are the “Sons of the light” – following the “Bearer of light”!!! The United States was founded on “Individual Freedom” not Humanism!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

Push back against the bullies!! Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

Get your Children our of Public Schools and turn-off Mainstream Media!  Become a Free American!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!! 

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

Nature abhors a vacuum!  Fill that vacancy NOW and with a true American Jurist!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

What is happening today is exactly why OUR Founders wrote and passed the 2nd Amendment!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

Both the DemocRat Party and the National and International News Media belong to the One World Government/Communist Machine!! Turn them all OFF!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

To the RINO’s, Trump is doing what you claimed that you wanted but were too weak or too chicken to do! “Grow a pair” or shut the he11-up!! Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

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